Today (30 November) signals the start of Mawlid al-Nabi, the date that commemorates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
For many Muslims across the world, the day calls for celebrations both big and small. However, other Muslims believe that the day should not be celebrated.
Rather than open up the floor to the complex arguments that support these conflicting schools of thought, we’ll simply mark this date by reminding you of something we all agree on: the love, generosity and overall awesomeness of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Here are some wonderful things to remember about him.
He was a Prophet of Peace
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was an advocate of peace who encouraged people to foster understanding between one another in order to live in harmony. As it says in Bukhari Sharif:
‘Let us go to resolve the situation and make peace between them.’
He was Extremely Generous
Muhammad (pbuh) was selfless in that he always looked out for the needs of others, as opposed to his own. This was best seen in his generosity, a value we would all do well to emulate.
‘The Prophet (pbuh) did not refuse to give anything which He had to someone if he asked for it.’ (Bukhari)
He Promoted the Rights of Women
Cultural practices and misrepresentation have fuelled the misconception that Muhammad (pbuh) oppressed women.
People who ascribe to this view may be interested to learn of Hazarat Khadija al Khuwalyd, the female business owner who employed men. She was so taken with one that she even asked him to marry her, no small feat, as you know, given that that man was the prophet Muhammed (pbuh) himself.
Muhammad’s (pbuh) belief in equal rights for women meant Khadija continued to run her business, and she is now revered as one of the most important figures in Islamic history.
He was Humble
Muhammad (pbuh) would always aim to help people, even if it required him to fulfil tasks that could be viewed as beneath him, like shovelling dirt for a trench:
‘I saw the Messenger of Allah on the Day of the Trench carrying dirt (that was dug from the trench) until His chest was covered with dirt.’ (Bukhari)
He was Happy
Muhammad (pbuh) was selfless, generous and, as a messenger of God, everything he did was for the sake of Allah. These qualities also resulted in smaller moments that appear in the hadiths, many of which will lift your mood if you’re ever feeling low. Like this one:
‘I have never seen a man who smiled as much as the Messenger of Allah.’ (Tirmidhi)
Now those are words to remember, no matter what the day.